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Londonderry Township may narrow intersection to prevent truck traffic; residents' input sought

Londonderry Township is proposing to narrow the intersection of South Deodate Road and Whitman Lane to discourage trucks from turning onto Whitman. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the township will hold a …

Turning tassels: Middletown Area High School Class of 2019 bids fond farewell

HARRISBURG — With a turn of a tassel, 137 seniors graduated from Middletown Area High School on June 4 at the Forum Auditorium. This was the last graduating class to attend the old high …

Work may start soon on Lower Swatara UPS hub

Lower Swatara Township residents might see work on the site of a new UPS distribution hub in the next several months. During their June 5 meeting, the commissioners gave UPS permission to move …

Middletown absorbing cost of price increase for trash pickup from Penn Waste

Middletown’s new contract with its trash hauler will cost the borough more, but residents need not worry about it. Borough council June 4 approved a two-year extension of the town’s …

Pennsylvania Senate honors Reid for years of service to Middletown

State Sen. Mike Folmer, third from left, and the rest of the Pennsylvania Senate honored former Middletown Mayor Robert Reid, center, on Monday with a citation recognizing his more than 50 years of …

Middletown synagogue gets new historical marker

Recently, through a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, B'nai Jacob Synagogue at Nissley and Water streets in Middletown was awarded a historical marker designed by Sewah Studios in …

Lower Swatara Police to hold ‘Coffee with Cop’

Lower Swatara Police Department is inviting the community to have a cup of coffee with officers from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday at McDonald’s, 2270 West Harrisburg Pike. Chief Jeff Vargo said …

Hatred of losing helps drive MAHS grad Ocker to be drafted by the Cleveland Indians

Nathan Ocker has strong feelings about losing – even more so than most people. “I hate it. Can’t stand it,” he said. “Even in games around the house (growing up), …
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Middletown American Legion baseball splits first two games

Middletown’s Post 594 American Legion baseball team went 1-1 to start the new season following a pair of rainouts in the first week. On May 31, Post 594 made a short trip to Susquehanna …

Cleveland Indians pick MAHS grad Ocker in Major League Baseball Draft, a 'dream come true,' he says

Nathan Ocker, a 2015 Middletown Area High School graduate who pitched four seasons at the College of Charleston, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball …

Golf outing at Sunset raises $3,500 for multiple groups

Sunset Golf Course was the venue for the eighth annual Leroy Lucas Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by The Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge 12. The event, held on May 24, saw 120 …

Raider athletes announce college choices

MASD mini-stadium nears final approval, could be completed by August 2020

The Middletown Area School District is edging closer to construction of a synthetic turf stadium project with a final completion date tentatively scheduled. Last week, the Middletown Area School …

PSU Hbg athlete makes history

Penn State Harrisburg senior Cameron Yon became the first student-athlete in school history to win a national championship when he secured gold in the discus throw at the NCAA Division III Outdoor …

Turkey hunting still a passion at age 87: Tom Shank's Woods & Waters

Harvesting a spring gobbler is a true trophy in Penns Woods. They are an elusive quarry. Eyesight that is remarkable and hearing that can detect the slightest sound make a mature wild turkey the …

MAHS grad wins four events at Slippery Rock bodybuilding competition

Jarred Rife, a 2016 graduate of Middletown Area High School, is a junior majoring in criminal justice at Slippery Rock University. He has ambitions of becoming a Pennsylvania State Police …
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Thousands attend 44th annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Hoffer Park

Middletown Area Historical Society’s Arts & Crafts Fair returned once again to Hoffer Park on Saturday, offering something for just about everyone. This year’s 44th annual event …

Circus coming to Susquehanna Street Park this month

The Lewis & Clark Circus has booked two performances, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Susquehanna Street Park.

Easements from residents needed for Lower Swatara stormwater project

Lower Swatara Township still needs 22 easements for an estimated $4 million stormwater project in Rosedale Manor. The project will address flooding issues and move utilities out of private land …

PSU Hbg students served food bank innovative ideas

Many people don't know the difference between a food bank and a food pantry. They don't realize, for example, that the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a central warehouse that delivers to the …

Penn State Harrisburg instructor to swim English Channel

Penn State Harrisburg swim instructor Holly Maitland-Mckenna is set to swim the English Channel this month, sometime between June 9 and 13. Her swim is dedicated to help raise money for the fight …

Developer officially pulls out of Williams farm tract, says company heeded public's opposition

NorthPoint Development, the Kansas-City based company that was interested in buying and developing most of the 239-acre Williams farm off Fulling Mill Road, will not pursue rezoning the land and is …

State gives OK for Middletown to use $423,496 toward Kids Kastle replacement

The state has approved a request from Middletown to use more than $400,000 in former grant funds to help pay for building a new playground in Hoffer Park to replace Kids Kastle. Between that and …
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Democracy can help improve community when you take part: Editorial

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.” — Winston Churchill, Nov. 11, 1947 Democracy can be …
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Going back to teaching biology a tough choice, but right for me: Susannah Gal

What’s in a name or a title? Sometimes a lot! I was born Susannah Gal (no middle name). As a young girl and even in college, I was known as Susie (spelled like this, not Suzy or Susy or any …

With Trump, May in doldrums, now what happens?: James Miller

With less than two years to complete his first term, Donald Trump’s presidency is effectively over. There will be no major legislative accomplishments before the next election. Anything Trump …

Eliminate property taxes to fund schools in Pennsylvania: Mike Folmer

I’m proud to stand with Sen. David Argall and other Senate colleagues in supporting Senate Bill 76 to eliminate school property taxes because I believe no tax should have the power to leave you …
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